Entries by Jamie Leeming

Fears Of A Rise In Homelessness During A Second Lockdown

More than a thousand families in Merseyside became homeless during the first lock-down – and campaigners warn many more could find themselves in this situation in the coming months. The latest official figures from the government have revealed that 1,071 households in our area were found to be homeless or threatened with homelessness between April […]

New Briefing On Winter Homeless Crisis

On 2 November, Homeless Link called on the Government to deliver Everyone In 2.0 as we entered the winter lockdown. In the following days, the Government announced the Protect Programme, providing a £15 million top-up to areas with the highest rough sleeping numbers. However, Homeless Link says the ‘Protect Programme’ does not go far enough and their […]

Rough Sleepers Back On The Streets Of Wales

Nearly a quarter of the number of rough sleepers given temporary housing during Wales’ first lockdown are living on the streets again, figures show. In April, all the estimated 407 rough sleepers were given a place to stay but Welsh Government figures indicated 101 people were sleeping rough in August, reports the BBC. Charity Shelter […]

Free Haircuts Help The Homeless In Liverpool

A group of friends who completed their barbering training together have been visiting city centres to give free haircuts to homeless people, reports the Liverpool Echo. Steve O’Connor, 29, together with friends Jake Kel and Luke Glover, both 25, all work in Barbers No1 at locations throughout the city and in Warrington. Steve told the […]

Thousands Made Homeless During The Pandemic

Tens of thousands of people have been made homeless since the start of the pandemic despite a ban on evictions with charities warning that younger people are falling through the gaps. Since April this year at least 90,063 people in the UK have been threatened with homelessness – and more than half of these have […]

Final Round Of Funding For Homeless Charities

A final 60 homelessness charities whose finances have been affected by the pandemic have been awarded grants from the second round of Homeless Link’s COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund, reports Homeless Link. Overall, 103 grants have been allocated, with organisations sharing a total of almost £4.3 million of funding provided by The National Lottery Community Fund, […]

Time For ‘Everyone In 2.0’

As a second lockdown looms over England, homelessness charities and councillors have urged the government to bring back a scheme thought to have saved the lives of hundreds of rough sleepers during the first, reports The Guardian. About 15,000 homeless people were provided emergency accommodation in hotels in March and April this year as part […]

‘Contactless’ – A Concern For The Homeless

Contactless card payments are seen as the future of shopping, and in a coronavirus age they’re a step further into a contact free society. While convenient for many, the contactless shift is worrying for homeless people and those who rely on the freedom of cash, reports the Liverpool Echo. “I’ve not got change” or “I’ve only […]

New Immigration Laws “A Huge Step Backwards” For  Rough Sleepers

A new government plan to deport foreign rough sleepers using draconian immigration laws will lead to deaths on the streets, a Liverpool charity has warned. While attention was turned to the plight of hungry children across the country last week, the government quietly snuck out another plan that is claimed would punish the most vulnerable […]

“Rubbish” Pet Portraits Raise Money For The Homeless

A father from West Sussex has raised nearly £5,000 for a homeless charity by drawing “rubbish” pictures of pets. It all started when Phil – who operates under the spoof alias “acclaimed artist Hercule Van Wolfwinkle” – doodled his pet dog while colouring with his son, reports the BBC. He put it on Facebook and […]